Martin Helm


College / University

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Integrated Life Sciences – Biology, Biomathematics, Biophysics




Lab Experience

Proficient in all basic molecular techniques, ranging from biochemistry over developmental biology to immunology. Also well versed in bioinformatic applications and programs (Matlab & R) as well as biophysical methods like patch-clamp, optical tweezer or structural elucidation.

Projects / Research

  • 05/2013 – 08/2013: Establishment of the CRISPR/Cas9 system in Tribolium castaneum
  • 10/2012 – 05/2013: Internship at Novartis Pharma GmbH, Clinical Research Rheumatology
  • 05/2012 – 09/2012: Functionality of Zinc-finger nucleases in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum

Scholarships / Awards

2013 – 2014: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


By studying molecular biology, it is possible to unravel the basic mechanisms that drive the human body. I am especially interested in immunology, particularly autoimmunity and inflammation, to understand the intrinsic reactions to pathogens or diseases. Furthermore, the growing possibilities of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering to repair damaged tissue, either by stimulating regeneration mechanisms or by supplying artificial replacements, fascinate me.